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North Central Library District. Melissa Rowse (570) 326-0536. Libraries Then Quiet Books Information. Libraries Now Loud Circulate everything Collaboration, Interaction Technology Focus. Problem: Lack of Basic Literacy.

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north central library district

North Central Library District

Melissa Rowse

(570) 326-0536


Libraries Then

  • Quiet
  • Books
  • Information

Libraries Now

  • Loud
  • Circulate everything
  • Collaboration, Interaction
  • Technology Focus
problem lack of basic literacy
Problem: Lack of Basic Literacy

13% of Pennsylvanians lack basic reading skills to read a newspaper.

85% of all juveniles interfacing with the court system are functionally illiterate.

More than 75% of jobs in PA demand education beyond high school. Yet, nearly 17,000 PA youth (16-24) dropped out last year!


Basic Literacy Solutions at Your Library

  • Quality baby, toddler, and preschool programming, which meets PA Dept of Education Learning Standards
  • Summer Reading Program to counteract the “Summer Slide”
  • Adult literacy: test materials, classes, tutoring, basic skill instruction
problem lack of information literacy
Problem: Lack of Information Literacy

PA is ranked 29th in the nation for high-speed internet connection(60%).

Nearly 75% of job seekers now use the internet to seek employment – in part because it is the only way to apply.

22% of all students believe 80-100% of what they read and see on the internet is true.


Information LiteracySolutions at Your Library

  • Qualified staff to help find reliable resources
  • Free computer access, instruction, and WiFi
  • POWER Library databases and other subscriptions
problem lack of social civic literacy
Problem: Lack of Social/Civic Literacy

Only 42% of the state’s registered voters voted in 2010 gubernatorial election.

Less than 50% of Americans can name all 3 branches of government.

Only 24% of college graduates and 27% of all Americans know the First Amendment prohibits establishing of an official religion.


Social/Civic Literacy Solutions at Your Library

  • Community Meeting Space for educational and community gatherings.
  • Non-partisan voting information.
  • Strong collection of materials that reflect contemporary issues.
problem lack of health literacy
Problem: Lack of Health Literacy

46% of American adults have difficulty understanding their prescription medicine label.

Nothing - not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial or ethnic background - affects health status more than literacy skills.

Only 1 in 5 links on search engines lead to relevant health information.


Health Literacy Solutions at Your Library

  • Interactive programming: Wii Fit, Yoga, Nutrition, & Stress
  • Partnerships with local organizations to provide health screenings.
  • Access to current reliable health information.
problem lack of financial literacy
Problem: Lack of Financial Literacy

41% of adults give themselves a grade of a C, D, or F on their personal knowledge of finance.

1 in 4 adults does not pay bills on time. 1 in 3 has no savings for retirement or other future needs.

Demand for highly skilled, educated workforce has never been greater. 38% of adults said their reading level limited their job prospects.


Financial Literacy Solutions at Your Library

  • Budgeting, retirement, and personal finance seminars offered by CPAs or other professionals.
  • College financial aid forms.
  • Career and workforce development resources (onsite and online).
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